ICC awards 2012

Vettori gets Spirit of Cricket award

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 15, 2012

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Daniel Vettori with the Spirit of Cricket award, Colombo, September 15, 2012
Daniel Vettori: "It's hard to define the spirit of cricket, but go out on the field with the general mindset to play the game in the right way" © Associated Press
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Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand left-arm spinner, has won the ICC Spirit of Cricket award for a sporting gesture during a Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo last November.

The match was heading for a tight finish, when Vettori accidentally collided with the non-striker Malcolm Waller during his follow-through. The clash hindered Waller from taking a single, and by that time the striker Regis Chakabva was too far down the track to get back. Though the wicketkeeper Reece Young took off the bails, Vettori immediately indicated that he had blocked Waller, and New Zealand decided to not appeal for Chakabva's wicket.

"It was the right thing to do at the time and we as a team try and play with the right spirit of cricket," Vettori said after receiving the award in Colombo. "It's hard to define the spirit of cricket, but go out on the field with the general mindset to play the game in the right way and always in the right frame of mind."

Vettori's gesture earned him the award ahead of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez and the South African pair of Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers. MS Dhoni had taken the award last year, for recalling Ian Bell after a controversial run-out during the Trent Bridge Test.

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Posted by tjdo on (September 17, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

Congratulations, Dan. This is THE award to win & it couldn't go to a more appropriate player. UR one of the greatest players NZC have produced & one of the true gents of the game & it's great to see you back in T20I squad. Please now come back into ODI team as well. NZ team is lost without it's guiding light. Best of luck, top man!!

Posted by Htc-Android on (September 17, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

i want to see vettori in ODIs captaining all forms of the game in the next 3 years. he is the only man can rescue this NZ team. ross taylor is simply not good as a captain. hopefully he can learn something from vettori and fleming.

Posted by criclover19 on (September 16, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

New Zealand team has always been a True ambassador for the game......

Posted by vak1997 on (September 16, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

this is the most valuable award of all... congrats Vettori. hats off to u. u r an inspiration for all the cricketers...

Posted by ac_Indian on (September 16, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

Congratulations Daniel. Cricinfo, please keep this article on front and give this same importance if not more than those on other awards. Focus on the spirit of the game has become more crucial than ever.

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

What a role model... a true legend of the sport.

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (September 15, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

An All-time humble cricketer;vettori.Take a bow sir!!!

Posted by Master_Mihil on (September 15, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

The unsung legend of NZ cricket!!

Posted by RaheelR on (September 15, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

Thumbs UP Daniel Vettori

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

well-done sir vettori you are the gem.

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (September 15, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Very well deserved Dan. Hope other pseudo-spirit of cricket candidates (Sangakkara, hint hint :-) ) learn something from you. Dan da man !!

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

YES.....HATS OFF VETTORY..........SO I AM ALWAYS WITH YOU..................YOU ARE MY BEST PLAYER ..........................

Posted by timohyj on (September 15, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

the same thing happened once in a match between england and new zealand but the english still took the wicket. Glad to see vettori did the rights thing

Posted by xylo on (September 15, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Could you throw in a sentence or two about what qualified the other contenders?

Posted by Srini88 on (September 15, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

It should be Yuvi... No competition mate!!

Posted by magasus100 on (September 15, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

what did hafeez do to be nominated for this award ?

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

I have said this before, and am saying it again. The NZ cricketers had been the most lovable lot among the various international teams. It is not only now, but most of the time in Cricket's history. ( Pl don't throw at my face exceptions, which always exists. And in this case, I am fully aware of those too)

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

I think it should have been shared with Dhoni. India was under severe pressure in that series and Dhoni's gesture was worth an award.

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

nice.. he deserve it.. ab de also a nice gentleman

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

wow finally icc have a meaning full award

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

this is good. but still I remember mr. Brendon mcculum's spirit of the cricket in Newzealand in a test match against Sri Lanka. he out Muralidaran when murali completed a run and go to wish to sangakkara the other end.

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